Posts Tagged ‘Mid-Century’

Guess the Fonts! 1955 Telephone Directory

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


My parents keep everything. So, I wasn’t shocked when I saw a 1955 telephone directory in their living room the other day. I love finding genuine things from the period. Mad Men is great and all, but these things aren’t retro inspired, thet are legit. And, I like things that weren’t designy (sp?). It’s a phone book that shows that these types that are thought of as modern and wonderful today, were, really just the types they used. Obviously they were modern types, and that was conscience, but I love the mix of 19th and 20th century on the same page. And, you gotta love 50s illustration.

All Souls Mid-Century Church

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


Hey, I know almost nothing about this church or their beliefs – and really, I don’t care. From the sign out front I gathered that it’s the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, which, I mean, could be a cool thing. I’m sure its members enjoy it. I just saw it across from the Kemper and took its picture.

Mid-Century design, architecture – furniture – advertising, is a huge interest of mine and the All Souls building fits in with that.  Some of the things I love about it are its straight clean lines. The flat roof, divisions in the windows and doors, the balance between the large flat space of the brick on the left and the short but with more visual interest entrance, all speak to aspects of Mid-Century modern that I love more than anything in this whole world!

- Rich